Wednesday, November 20, 2013
ORNL in the News

Researcher aims to use waste heat to make cars more efficient

(PhysOrg) Yanliang Zhang wants to make vehicles more efficient by using a resource most people aren't even aware of—the waste heat that results from the inherent inefficiency of engines when converting fuel into energy. Zhang, an assistant professor with Boise State's Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, is working on a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy...Other partners include automotive and industrial technology giants Honda and Robert Bosch LLC, as well as Oak Ridge National Lab and University of Houston...11/19

IDC Announces Winners of Sixth HPC Innovation Excellence Awards

(TMCnet) International Data Corporation today announced the sixth round of recipients of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award at the ISC'13 supercomputer industry conference in Leipzig, Germany...Researchers at ORNL have used the Titan supercomputer to perform the first simulations of organic solar cell active layers at scales commensurate with actual devices...11/19

Van Berkel receives top Science, Technology honor at UT-Battelle Awards Night

(Oak Ridge Today) Gary J. Van Berkel of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Chemical Sciences Division has earned the ORNL Director’s Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Science and Technology...David Fowler of ORNL’s Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate earned the Director’s Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Laboratory Operations...Donald Cross of ORNL’s Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate earned the Director’s Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in Community Engagement...11/19


Another emerging cost estimate ($12B) for UPF?

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...The NNSA’s current official cost range for the UPF is $4.2 billion to $6.5 billion, and federal officials have said they won’t provide a firm cost on the project until the approval of Critical Decisions 2 and 3, which is supposed to come in October 2015 according to NNSA...11/19

Energy Dept. Is Told to Stop Collecting Fee for Nuclear Waste Disposal

(NY Times) A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Energy Department must stop collecting fees of about $750 million a year that are paid by consumers and intended to fund a program for the disposal of nuclear waste. The reason, the court said, is that there is no such program...11/19


As more Iran talks loom, Obama presses senators to hold off on new sanctions

(CS Monitor) ...President Obama talked to a bipartisan group of senators Tuesday about the potential interim deal with Iran. Although some lawmakers are not satisfied with such a deal, it appears that no new sanctions are likely to pass Congress at least until December...11/19

State & Regional

TVA makes $547 million in tax equivalent payments

(AP) The Tennessee Valley Authority says it provided $547 million in tax equivalent payments in fiscal year 2013 to states and local governments where it sells electricity or has power properties...11/20


energy & science policy

Global Carbon Emissions Set to Reach Record 36 Billion Tons in 2013

(Science Daily) Global emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels are set to rise again in 2013, reaching a record high of 36 billion tonnes - according to new figures from the Global Carbon Project...11/18

science & technology

Initiative Aims to Minister to Mexico's Unique Genetic Heritage

(Nature) Mexican and U.S. researchers are teaming up to study the Mexican genome, with the hope of developing new diagnostics and drugs targeted to Latin American populations...11/15

NASA Pulls the Plug on Plutonium Power Source

(Scientific American) NASA has cancelled work on a troubled radioisotope power system intended to help the next generation of spacecraft reach the planets, moons and comets of the outer Solar System...11/18

Haulin' Data: How Trucking Became the Frontier of Work Surveillance

(The Atlantic) Every rig driver in America will soon be tracked by an electronic recorder. Proponents claim it will make the roads safer, but some wonder what else the data could be used for...11/18

Toyota vows fuel cell model by 2015 in green push

(PhysOrg) Toyota is promising a mass-produced fuel cell car by 2015 in the latest ambitious push to go green by an industry long skeptical about the super-clean technology that runs on hydrogen...11/20

Other Stories

How Scientists Preserve Lincoln's Original Gettysburg Address Manuscripts

(Popular Science) ...All of the versions are on machine-produced rag paper, made from a combination of linen and cotton fibers. They’re all written in iron gall ink, one of the most ubiquitous inks of the time, except for the first version, which is in both iron gall ink and pencil...11/19

Why China's Solar Building Boom Is Good for the United States

(The Atlantic) China is on track to install a record 12,000 megawatts of solar panels in 2014, according a report released today. At peak output, that’s the equivalent of a dozen huge nuclear power plants. The panels won't just give energy to China, though; they will also fuel a photovoltaic power shift in the United States...11/19